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A bestseller in music is a song or album listed at or near the top of a hits list or chart such as the Billboard charts produced by Billboard magazine which published its first hit parade in 1940. As with most book bestseller lists, these lists are usually based on sales to the retail sites and not actual retail sales to the public. Therefore, a strong push by distributors to get records into stores can boost the "bestseller" rating, even though the merchandise might not all be sold to the public and later returned to the wholesale supplier or "remaindered." Remaindered merchandise might later be redistributed or destroyed. Billboard also publishes various compilations of hits, such as Billboard Book of Number One Singles.[1]

These charts differ from publications that produce rating guides based on editorial review of the artistic merits of the work, such those published by Rolling Stone Magazine and independent editors.[2]

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  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (1992). Number One Hits ((3rd Ed.) ed.). New York, N.Y.: Billboard Publications. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9.  
  2. ^ Williams, Paul (1993). Rock and Roll: The 100 Best Singles. New York, N.Y.: Carroll & Graf Publishers. ISBN 0-88184-966-9.  

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